02/05/2016 - IRAN - SOUTH KOREA
President Park Geun-hye met her counterpart Hassan Rouhani to ink MoUs in infrastructure and energy. This is the main trade understanding in S Korea’s history. Leaders call for the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, and eradicating terrorism in the Middle East.
02/05/2016 - IRAQ
Mar Sako appeals to politicians to stop divisions, focus on shared plans for Iraq’s rebirthby Louis Raphael Sako*
The Chaldean Patriarch sends a tough rebuke against the country’s rulers, who have failed to promote reforms and reconciliation, calling for action against Iraq’s “institutional, economic and security deterioration”. As Green Zone protest ends, government’s wrath begins.
02/05/2016 - IRAN
Tehran’s new parliament increasingly reformist and open to womenby Darius Karimian
After the second round of the elections two days ago, the reformists can count on 133 seats; the conservatives 125 and for the first time they lose their majority. There are also 17 women, mostly reformist. A female member of parliament was blocked by the Guardian Council for having shaken hands with a man. The doubts of Khamenei.
02/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: the Christian bears witness to Jesus, but "often" this provokes attacks and persecution
"The Spirit gives witness to Jesus. And each time we feel something in our heart that brings us closer to Jesus, it is the Spirit who is at work". It 'good to ask "that worldliness, easy things, the things that come directly from the father of lies, the prince of this world, sin, do not turn away from witness".
02/05/2016 - SYRIA - USA - UN
International diplomacy "at work" to stop fighting in Aleppo
The US secretary of state in Geneva to broker a fragile ceasefire in the northern capital. Scheduled to meet with the UN special envoy and the foreign ministers of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The next round of Geneva talks set for 10 May.
01/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: May the Holy Spirit help us to understand and to remember the words of Jesus
After the Marian prayer of the Regina Caeli Francis appeals for peace in Syria: "There is a spiral of violence in the country that continues to aggravate the already desperate humanitarian situation of the country, particularly in the city of Aleppo, and claim innocent victims, even among children, the sick and those who with great sacrifice pledged to provide assistance to others ". Economic development "must take into account human dignity and fully respect labor laws". Pedophilia "is a tragedy. We must not tolerate it, the guilty must be severely punished."
30/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: No one be distanced from God because of man-made obstacles!
At an extraordinary Jubilee audience, Francis returns to the theme of reconciliation, "God has never failed to offer his forgiveness to men: his mercy is felt from generation to generation." An appeal to confessors: "You are in the place of God the Father." A special Jubilee greeting for the police and the Armed Forces: "Faced with every day challenges, irradiate Christian hope, which is the certainty of the victory of love over hatred and peace over war."
30/04/2016 - SYRIA
Pastor of Aleppo: "My city is a ghost town. Our Lady, bring us peace!"
Father Ibrahim Alsabag speaks to AsiaNews of closed schools and shops, people barricaded in their homes even if they are not safe. Jihadist groups behind wave of violence, which has dragged in other rebel groups. Syria and Aleppo dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, that She may bring peace. The war has strengthened unity between Christians and created greater solidarity with Muslims.
30/04/2016 - LEBANON - EU
Patriarch Rai’s wake up call to EU: We need solutions to Middle East conflicts
Speaking to the European parliament, the head of the Maronite Church warns that the conflicts in the region not just directly impacting Christians, but also the Mediterranean and the EU itself. Islamic extremism is wiping out centuries of dialogue and is a threat to world peace. Enshrine Lebanon’s neutrality and encourage Muslim nations to separate religion from the state.
29/04/2016 - SYRIA
As Aleppo comes under attack, with hundreds of dead and wounded, Caritas Syria aid crucial
At least 202 people have been killed over the past week in Syria’s northern metropolis, including civilians (and many children). A MSF-supported hospital in a rebel-held area and two under government control are hit. “People are scared," but they "still want to stay,” according to Caritas Aleppo. The latter’s operatives visit hospitals to "respond to emergencies."
29/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: A Christian does not say one thing and do another: He walks in the light, "because God is Light."
"The lie we know where it comes from: in the Bible, Jesus calls the devil 'father of lies', the liar". "Sin is ugly! But if you have sinned, He is watching and waiting for you to forgive you! '. Always! Because He - God - is greater than our sins".
29/04/2016 - IRAN - USA
Tehran asks UN assistance for frozen Iranian funds in the US, managed by the Supreme Courtby Darius Karimian
A letter from Javad Zarif to Ban Ki-moon, recalls the injustices suffered by the people of Iran because of US policy. Criticism of the Supreme Court that allows the release of frozen funds to compensate victims of terrorism in Beirut.
29/04/2016 - KUWAIT - YEMEN
Positive atmosphere but "no progress" in Yemeni peace talks
The UN special envoy speaks of friendly atmosphere in the talks, being held in Kuwait City, but adds that in the first week, there has been no positive developments. Distances remain between the parties and there were no face to face meetings. Offensive against al Qaeda in the south. Jihadis lose control of Al-Mukalla.
28/04/2016 - IRAQ
Patriarch Sako: Amoris Laetitia, a source of mercy and learning for Christians and Muslims
The Apostolic Exhortation contains essential elements for Christian families. It has also elicited “positive thoughts” among Muslims. For the Chaldean Patriarch, Islam too is waiting for something different on the family and spousal relations. Despite the war, few families have broken down, which is not the case for those who emigrated. Married priests could be a model for the whole Church.
28/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: in the Church, there have always been resistance to the "surprises" of the Holy Spirit
“[G]et together, join together, listen, discuss, pray and decide. This is the so-called sinodality of the Church, which expresses the communion of the Church,” the pope said. “Let us ask the Lord for grace to understand how the Church can face the surprises of the Spirit, to be docile and to follow the path which Christ wants for us and for the whole Church.”
28/04/2016 - CHINA - ASIA
Xi Jinping says only nations directly involved can discuss South China Sea disputes
Chinese leaders slam "foreign interference" in territorial disputes in the Asia-Pacific seas. Soon the international tribunal in The Hague will decide on the dispute initiated by Manila and Hanoi. Chinese President against military escalation on the Korean peninsula.
27/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Indifference to the suffering of man is to ignore God
Jesus teaches us not to "categorize others to see who is our neighbor and who is not. You can become a neighbor to whomever you meet in need, and you will be if you have compassion in your heart, that is if you are capable of suffering with others".
27/04/2016 - IRAQ - SYRIA
Air raids send $ 800 million in Islamic State funds up in smoke
According to the General Staff of the United States Peter Gersten, between 500 and 800 million in cash destroyed in the attacks. Spike in defections (up to 90%) and decline in new arrivals, especially among foreign fighters. $ 150 million kept in one house in Mosul.
27/04/2016 - ORTHODOX
Bartholomew: Chernobyl teaches us to say "yes" to God and creation; "No" to technology at all costs
The ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople marks 30 years since the nuclear disaster that shook Ukraine and the world: "We have to keep forever the memory of what happened. But we must also learn to say 'no' to technology with destructive effects and 'yes' to the reality that is beyond us, the Creator of all creation. "
26/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: "It is not for the pastor to determine what the faithful have to say in different arenas"
In a letter to the president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America Francis speaks of the "temptation" of clericalism that "not only cancels out the Christian personality, but also tends to belittle and underestimate the baptismal grace that the Holy Spirit has placed in the heart of the our people ".
26/04/2016 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Intifada of knives: Israel doubles the number of arrests of Palestinian minors
The number of young Palestinians in Israeli prisons for security-related offenses has increased from 170 in September 2015 to 438 in February. At least five inmates under 14 years. More than half will remain in prison until the end of their trial. In 75% of cases, young people are subjected to physical violence; almost all are interrogated without the assistance of a lawyer or parent.
26/04/2016 - SYRIA - TURKEY
In memory of the genocide, Armenian districts of Aleppo bombarded. Christians rail against Assad
Explosions also in Yerevan and Karabakh. The Aleppo Armenians accuse the "Islamic terrorists" backed by Turkey, of using raids to "commemorate" the anniversary of the genocide. Fires in the districts of Suleymaniye and Ashrafieh. 17 Armenians killed, including three children and a woman. For the first time, in Yerevan, a bus packed with explosives is detonated .
25/04/2016 - ISLAM
Islam and modernity: "halal" cosmetics business, a 20 billion dollar market
Beauty products, creams, makeup and lipsticks free of "prohibited ingredients" major market among Muslim women. Business volume expected to double by 2019, carving out a 6% share. According to the Global Islamic Economic overall value of the "halal" market will touch 7 trillion. China at forefront of production.
24/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card
In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.
23/04/2016 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE
For Fr David, Tel Aviv kindergarten for migrant children is like Jesus’ family
The facility has 52 children from the Philippines, Sudan, Eritrea, India and Sri Lanka, including two with autism, and one with Down. The “multi-faceted project” is not profit oriented, manager says. For one parent, children get “children everything they need”.
23/04/2016 - TURKEY
Turkish Parliament: whistles and jeers against Armenian MP who remembers genocide
Speaking about the anniversary of the genocide, Garo Paylan calls for an investigation into the killing of Armenian MPs in 1915 whose photos he displayed. In Turkey, talking about the “Armenian genocide" can mean three years in prison.
23/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope tells youth that without Jesus, “there is no signal. Talking becomes impossible”
In a video message to the boys and girls taking part in the Jubilee for Teens, Pope Francis stressed forgiveness and works of mercy, even for “Young people like yourselves, who are hungry, thirsty; who are refugees or foreigners or sick and in need of our help, and friendship.”
22/04/2016 - SYRIA
At least 5,000 jihadists entered Syria from Turkey, including Chinese Uighurs
Preparations are underway for a big fight in Aleppo. Turkey allows weapons and recruits through. Saudi Arabia blocks peace talks. For people in villages near Aleppo, there is only flight.
22/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Announcing the Gospel, intercession and hope, lynchpins of Christian life
"Each one of us, let’s ask ourselves: How is the announcement (of Jesus) in my life? How is my relationship with Jesus who intercedes for me? And how is my hope? Do I truly believe that the Lord is risen? Do I believe that he prays to the Father on my behalf? Each time that I call him, He is praying for me, He is interceding? ".
21/04/2016 - GULF STATES – UNITED STATES
Obama in Riyadh to mend fences with Saudis, boost fight against the Islamic State
The US President arrived in Saudi Arabia yesterday. King Salman did not meet him at the airport but at the palace where the two had a long tête-à-tête. Today, Obama and Gulf States leaders met terrorism and Iran. A US congressional report on 11 September could further strain US-Saudi relations.
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